Aimed at honoring designers who address critical social needs, the esteemed Curry Stone Design Prize was bestowed upon the Congolese dance company Studios Kabako this past weekend in Brussels, Belgium. Founded by renowned dancer and choreographer Faustin Linyekula in 2001, Studios Kabako uses cultural programs and theatrical urban interventions to address social memory, fear and hope in the aftermath of civil war. The theatrical troupe performs worldwide while maintaining a base in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo, where they reinvest more than a third of revenue into activities for their local community.
Studios Kabako presents art not as a form of entertainment but as a form of political empowerment. The studio uses different tools—among these, dance, theater, and music—to help local communities imagine an alternative to the hardships of daily life, and understand that they can have a hand in creating a better future.
Click here to learn more about the 2014 Curry Stone Design Prize Winner Studios Kabako, online at CurryStoneDesignPrize.com.